Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 12/14

Game 1: Saturday, December 14th
Game 2: Monday, January 6th

Heat 85

(12-22, 6-12 away)

Warriors 99

(14-19, 10-8 home)

    7:30 PM ET, January 6, 2003

    ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIA 27 21 20 1785
    GS 34 23 18 2499

    Top Performers

    Mia: S. Lampley 18 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Blk

    GS: A. Jamison 22 Pts, 12 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Blk

    Punchless Heat fall to rising Warriors

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Gilbert Arenas sparked Golden State early and then Antawn Jamison took over in the fourth quarter as the Warriors continued their best stretch of the season.



    Jamison scored 14 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, and grabbed 12 rebounds, as the Warriors won for the fifth time in six games with a 99-85 victory over the depleted Miami Heat on Monday night.

    Arenas also scored 22 -- 18 in the first half -- as the Warriors snapped a six-game losing streak against the Heat.

    "This is a better team than a month ago,'' said Jamison. "We're doing a phenomenal job at home and we still want to keep that workmanlike attitude and hopefully keep stepping forward.''

    The Warriors are 13-13 following a 1-6 start. They led the entire game.

    "It was just great to win a game,'' Arenas said. "The veterans are doing a great job. They know how to hold off close games.''

    Erick Dampier's three-point play with 3:14 remaining to play gave the Warriors an 88-79 lead and they never let the Heat get within striking distance after that. Dampier finished with 16 points and six blocked shots.

    "Dampier was phenomenal defensively,'' Warriors coach Eric Musselman said. "He clogged up the lane and blocked some key dribble drives.''

    Rookie Sean Lampley took advantage of his extended playing time _ a season-high 31 minutes -- and scored a career-high 18 points for Miami, which lost its third straight.

    Lampley, who averaged 6.8 minutes a game before Monday, made seven of his first nine shots. With his college coach in attendance, California's Ben Braun, Lampley reached double figures for the first time in his career.

    "I always had confidence in myself so I wasn't shocked at the things I was doing,'' said Lampley, who also had nine rebounds. "It was just something I'd been doing in practice and I was happy with the opportunity. I was displeased we couldn't get the win.''

    The Heat played without two of their leading scorers as Travis Best and Eddie Jones were both out with ankle injuries. Best was placed on the injured list on Friday. Jones missed his second straight game.

    "We just didn't defend enough to win,'' Heat coach Pat Riley said. "We had a lot of breakdowns. Arenas just took our guards apart in the first half. He went by everybody.''

    Brian Grant had his 14th double-double for Miami with 15 points and 13 rebounds.

    Jamison scored eight of the Warriors first 10 points in the final period to help Golden State maintain a comfortable lead.

    "I wasn't able to get into a rhythm early but then I got to the foul line and got an easy putback,'' said Jamison. "That opened it up for me.''

    The Warriors, shooting 55 percent, scored 34 points in the first quarter, the most the Heat have allowed in any quarter this season.

    The Warriors held a 57-48 halftime advantage.

    Game notes

    Despite the loss, the Heat have beaten Golden State in 12 of their last 15 meetings. ... Arenas turned 21 on Monday. ... Braun also coached Heat forward Sean Marks and Warriors guard Earl Boykins (at Eastern Michigan) in college. ... The Warriors are 6-1 at home against the Eastern Conference. ... Golden State shot 90 percent or better from the foul line in consecutive games for the first time this season. ... Heat guard Anthony Carter had a season-high 10 assists against one turnover in 28 minutes.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 85 99
    FGM-FGA 36-84 (.429) 34-76 (.447)
    3PM-3PA 1-13 (.077) 3-11 (.273)
    FTM-FTA 12-16 (.750) 28-31 (.903)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-39 12-46
    Assists 19 20
    Turnovers 12 15
    Steals 8 8
    Blocks 5 9
    Fast Break Points 1 3
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (1/0) 16 (2/0)

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Sean Lampley Lampley
    Points: 18
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1
    Antawn Jamison Jamison
    Points: 22
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2